I have been working at Maplehurst Bakeries full-time (Less than a year)
Maplehurst offers competitive pay and good benefits. Smaller workforce, not as crowded as most of the local jobs. It is still a new plant, so it's not perfect but has new equipment and minimal hand stacking. MHB is not incredibly strenuous or physically laborious. Job security, If you show up to work every scheduled day and simply do your job with adherence to easy procedures and sanitary compliance, you'll never lose your job. The business is growing making room for advancement.
Production hours are long. There tends to be poor communication, I believe starting from upper management staff and down. As a plant, MHB Lebanon needs more structured leadership and better training. You will be trained but the training should be a little more thorough.
Advice to Management
MHB should give thought into going from a seniority based system to a performance based system. Seniority systems are proven faulty and good, hard working employees tend to get "screwed over" if you will. If John Dough has become "too comfortable" and his productivity has considerably slacked. Then, he shouldn't be able to get first pick of anything when Jane Danish is driven, motivated, and hardworking. Motivated Jane Danish deserves to be put ahead of Slackin' John Dough.
Be more involved with the associates. Be there for the staff and take care of their needs. Rather than just hearing your associates, actually listen to them. Be more proactive for them instead of "going through the motions" or "acting like it". Example#1; If associates do a self-review, then you should have a review of them as well. Compare the two reviews and communicate with the employee rather then putting it aside and later forgotten about. For one, how can you help the employee succeed without your input and guidance? Example #2; If a suggestion is made to you by an associate, point them in the right direction or at least send the suggestion forward to a decision maker. It will make the associates happy to know that they're listened to and that their voices do matter.
HR department could do better with staffing and how some staff are treated. A lot of time has gone by and staffing is still short. Employees are having to work extra hours and duties to compensate. You're going to burn them out if something isn't done soon. Maybe try more career marketing by better advertising. People can't become MHB employees if they don't we're hiring. Small job fair signs and a little billboard off path are obviously not enough to help fulfill the current staffing needs. Also, the associates should feel as if they can comfortably utilize their HR team because HR is supposed to be there for them. A decent number of MHB associates do not feel that way. They feel the opposite. HR department should try to fix it's relationship and image with the employees who they are there for.
Communication needs serious improvement. So many good employees have moved on to other places of employment because of the communication problems. Successful companies are more open with the staff. Work with each other. I'm not saying MHB is not successful, but it's not as successful as it could be.
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Maplehurst Bakeries.
First there was a phone screen. Second an in-person interview. Finally I interviewed with multiple people at corporate headquarters that included Vice Presidents, Human Resources and customer service representatives.
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